The Johnson house is set in a remote area north of Cave Creek, keenly attuned to the changing light throughout the day and subtle shifts of the seasons. It has luscious views of mountains, cacti and sky, and one of the few houses that can be seen is the Ellsworth house, which Johnson also designed (talk about taking control of your view).
The Barcelona Collection at the Ellsworth residence. Photo: Bill Timmerman, Timmerman Photography, Inc.
Another location we used for the DWR March catalog was the Bradley house, also by Michael P. Johnson. Situated on more than two acres in Scottsdale, Arizona, the sleek structure was designed for an art collector who selected Johnson for his use of scale. “It’s subtle but exactly what I wanted,” says the homeowner.
Architect: Michael P. Johnson. The Bradley residence, Scottsdale, AZ. Photo: Bill Timmerman, Timmerman Photography, Inc.
“Being an architect is like being on a collision course with clients,” says Johnson, “but this client appreciated the hard work this house took.” In the end, Johnson did compromise on one detail. Never a fan over overhangs, the client insisted on them and the architect relented. “Architecture is five percent creative, ninety-five percent hard work,” says Johnson.
The Bradley residence, Scottsdale, AZ. Photo: Bill Timmerman, Timmerman Photography, Inc.
The client enjoying a Womb Chair in the Bradley residence. Photo: Bill Timmerman, Timmerman Photography, Inc.
The client was a bachelor when he hired Johnson, but now he has a growing family, including a three-week-old baby boy whose first glimpse of the world (after being born at home) was the modern architecture of Michael P. Johnson. A great first impression, indeed.
Photo: Gwendolyn Horton
Michael P. Johnson, shown above, in one of the three libraries in his own home. He created this space out of what was originally a dog porch. He says the pooches are fine with the change, and judging by their new digs (Corbu chairs in the living room) he’s probably right.